Residue Management

Removing No-Till Obstacles

Residue managers should move trash so gauge wheels run level, drop seed consistently and produce uniform, high-yielding stands.
No-tilling corn and soybeans presents many challenges to producers across the country, especially within continuous corn and other high-residue environments.
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No-Till Vs.Strip-Till

Is there a strip-till advantage, or can most no-tillers match strip-till yields with better management?
As more producers move toward no-till systems for conservation compliance and to reduce costs, some have chosen strip-till. Research shows strip-till corn yields have been slightly higher and more consistent than no-till in some areas.
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More Moisture, More Cropping Acres In Drylands

No-till allowed Montana dryland producer Ben Minow to reduce overhead and increase cropping acres by eliminating summer fallow.
Many producers may ask how continuous cropping can work in a semi-arid environment. For southeastern Montana farmer and rancher Ben Minow, the question isn’t if producers can make it work, it’s how anyone could economically raise a crop any other way.
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Residue Management Drives Corn Head Developments

The trend to continuous corn, twin-row corn and Bt hybrids is shifting the task of managing increased residue to the corn head.
It used to be that the primary task of a corn head was to harvest corn: separate the ear from the stalk with as little grain loss as possible, while collecting as little trash as possible, says Marion Calmer, a no-till farmer with Calmer Corn Heads in Alpha, Ill. But as growers look to better integrate field operations, the corn head is playing an increasingly important role in managing crop residue as well.
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